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Comments on: Graff & curricular mixed messages in English depts http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/04/13/graff-curricular-mixed-messages-in-english-depts/ "A man needn't go far to find a subject, if he's ready with his salt-box."--Uncle Pumblechook Wed, 14 May 2014 19:32:14 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 By: Jason http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/04/13/graff-curricular-mixed-messages-in-english-depts/comment-page-1/#comment-31358 Sat, 18 Apr 2009 00:56:56 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/04/13/graff-curricular-mixed-messages-in-english-depts/#comment-31358 Horace–sorry I missed this!

You’re absolutely right. And a predictable consequence of the pedagogical libertarianism Graff describes is that, at least initially, these discussions seem fraught. “Are you saying I’ve been doing it wrong?”

(Of course, the reason for the internet is to tell people they’re doing it wrong!)

By: Horace http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/04/13/graff-curricular-mixed-messages-in-english-depts/comment-page-1/#comment-30875 Tue, 14 Apr 2009 17:38:40 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/04/13/graff-curricular-mixed-messages-in-english-depts/#comment-30875 Inasmuch as we are designing a new foundations/ gateway course into the major here, we’ve been having a lot of conversations about what we mean by X–close reading chief among them, followed by what counts as evidence, followed by what periodization means, followed by what is an author?

I do agree though that meta-discussions in the classroom–that what Professor Lord Byron means by close reading may differ from what Professor Marlowe means, both of which are completely different from Professor Fanon–are crucial. And each of those profs should do as much as possible to show their own footwork, so that students can see that footwork as such.

But this is part of the problem, because we have so thoroughly internalized our own methodologies, that it’s difficult for us not to see them as universal, even when we know on paper that they are not.